INDONESIA: MRT Jakarta has awarded the last of eight contracts for the first Jakarta metro line. The ¥25bn railway systems and trackwork contract, announced on April 30, has been awarded to a consortium led by Mitsui & Co and including Toyo Engineering Corp, Kobe Steel, and local firm PT Inti Karya Persada Tehnik.

Toyo is project manager and will supply overhead electrification and substations, trackwork, escalators and lifts. Kobe Steel is responsible for systems integration, as well as supplying signalling, telecoms, automatic fare collection and platform screen door equipment. IKPT would undertake local installation and supply subcomponents.

This is the final works package to be awarded for the project, which is being financed through a Japanese ODA loan. Three underground and three elevated civil works contracts were awarded in 2013 and an order for 16 six-car trainsets was placed in March 2015.

The first stage of the north-south line will connect Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta to Hotel Indonesia traffic circle serving seven stations on a 9·2 km elevated alignment and six stations in twin-bore tunnels covering a further 6·5 route-km.

Completion is due within 3½ years from the contract start date. Initial ridership is expected to be around 173 000 passengers/day, rising to 410 000 passengers/day by 2020.

An 8·1 km northern extension to Kampung Bandan is planned as the second phase, and a separate east-west line is also envisaged.